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Thursday, May 5th, 2005
3:47 pm - I hate to do this to all of you again, but...
I've decided to change journals again. I'm very sorry for all of you whom this may inconvenience...again.

My new journal will be www.livejournal.com/users/aletheos. I'm re-adding all the same friends, so it shouldn't be difficult to switch over. Again, sorry for the change up. It's simply taken a while to settle on a apt lj name.

This journal, as the last, is now officially RETIRED.

(1 Canticle | Sing in the Siaynoq)

Wednesday, April 6th, 2005
3:25 pm - If Aristotle were alive today, he'd have a talk show.
"'A cucumber is bitter.' Throw it away. 'There are briars in the road.' Turn aside from them. This is enough. Do not add, 'And why were such things made in the world?'"

---From the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius

current mood: busy

(1 Canticle | Sing in the Siaynoq)

Tuesday, April 5th, 2005
11:50 am - Michael Tronsome is a Stud
I wish I had a portrait of a buffalo wearing a party hat. Playing a kazoo. Wearing sunglasses. That would be fun.

current mood: Buffalicious

(1 Canticle | Sing in the Siaynoq)

Saturday, April 2nd, 2005
4:05 pm - The Sanctissimus Pater Has Left Us
First I would like to comment on the death of the venerable John Paul II. Though I am no longer Catholic and even then disagreed with the soul on a great many things, I had always had the utmost respect for him. He was a geniuinely great and loving person concerned deeply with the welfare and well-being of all men. He was instrumental in the liberation of Europe from Communism. A blessed, unique soul, who used the fullest extents of his talents to spread what he believed is the Truth and Life of mankind. Let us hope his successor can compare in greatness.

Life is changing, ever more rapidly, to something entirely foreign to me. So many new worlds have opened these last months, and I feel like the many voids of ignorance in my mind are beginning to fill. I'm supremely fortunate to meet so many greater minds from whom to learn, so many hearts full of love, so many faces full of joy and sadness. This is the best it's ever been. Never before have I felt so happy, so fulfilled, so well-rounded.

I really am beginning to love everyone in the group. Living together has basically jump-started my usual process of friendly amour, and I find myself intimately concerned for everybody's well-being. I've always appreciated all my friends, it's simply that I'm growing closer to these relative to the time than ever before. They're wonderful. To those who are reading: you are wonderful. You've increasingly made my life into the celebration of terrestrial existence it has become. Thank you.

Tonight we'll attempt to see Sin City again. Last night an attempt was made but ticket availability was limiting. And Ian can't rap when he's drunk. Actually, he can't ever rap. O well.

I think everything's clear now between Jen and I. We're just friends and she's accepted that. But she'll need all of our support with her mom's tumor.

I think I've become a pro-life libertarian.

What comes next?

current mood: Stoic

(11 Canticles | Sing in the Siaynoq)

Saturday, March 26th, 2005
1:50 am - Terminus Noctis
By night's end, I now have a tattoo.

It's an odd feeling to know that your chest will never be blank again.

But I'm enthralled now that I have it.

Goodnight to all, and do everything in moderation.

current mood: Art-istic

(12 Canticles | Sing in the Siaynoq)

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005
2:26 pm - Wasn't High School Wonderful?

(15 Canticles | Sing in the Siaynoq)

Monday, March 21st, 2005
1:06 pm - Jumping off a bridge...
Freudian Inventory Results
Oral (60%) you appear to have a good balance of independence and interdependence knowing when to accept help and when to do things on your own.
Anal (33%) you appear to be overly lacking in self control and organization, and possibly have a compulsive need to defy authority. If you are too scatterbrained, you will not develop much as a person as you will habitually switch paths before you ever learn anything.
Phallic (53%) you appear to have a good balance of sexual awareness and sexual composure.
Latency (36%) you appear to be overly practical; don't undervalue abstract learning, abstract learning increases your ability to make good decisions (and predictions) in the real world so it would be 'impractical' to shun it.
Genital (60%) you appear to be somewhere between a progressive/openminded and regressive/closeminded outlook on life.
Take Free Freudian Inventory Test
personality tests by similarminds.com

Not entirely accurate, but then Freud was a bonehead. So it doesn't particularly matter.

current mood: rejuvenated

(1 Canticle | Sing in the Siaynoq)

Sunday, March 13th, 2005
6:50 pm - Incognito Burrito
Although I said I would be gone from public circles last week, schoolwork (among other things) prevented that from happening.

Thus, this shall be the week. The only exception is seeing Brittany since she's in town.

Other than contacting her, my cell will be off.

So I'll see you all when I see you.

current mood: Invisible

(5 Canticles | Sing in the Siaynoq)

Wednesday, March 9th, 2005
8:26 pm - This is What One Gets For Procrastination
Would anyone want to bang you? by phobia
Favorite Food:
Wants to Bang you:
This many times:153
Quiz created with MemeGen!

Do your paper, Steve. Please.

current mood: Wierded Out

(3 Canticles | Sing in the Siaynoq)

6:33 pm - Nunc Exspecto Terminum.
Jacta alea est. Videmus ubi descedat.

current mood: Non Laetus.

(5 Canticles | Sing in the Siaynoq)

Saturday, March 5th, 2005
1:01 pm - The Centralization of Internal Powers
Wednesday was odd. We shall leave it at that, shall we not?

Yesterday we gave Krista her first birthday party. You all should have seen the joy on her face. She felt loved, which I suppose was the point.

This week I fear that I will be a bit more aloof. It's high time for some introspection. I think I'm at last ready to buckle down and incorporate the sum total of my short life's experience into a philosophical and ethical system. Thus, if I'm not to be found next week, know that I am building a better me, more defined, more together, more intelligent. As I've told myself, let's be done with it; it's been long enough.

If you let them make you, they'll make you paper-mache; at a distance you're strong, until the wind comes, and then you crumble and blow away.

current mood: Conflabastulated

(4 Canticles | Sing in the Siaynoq)

Sunday, February 27th, 2005
6:29 pm - Lamb: Wolves Say It Tastes Like Human
Life is steady.

This week's activities focused a bit more on socializing than on reading. Both are avenues of experience and understanding, and I should like to be balanced. Almost every night the group collected in the Rec Room for pool, merriment, and insults. And Sexual Harassment. Which I did not instigate. I was a Victim. Nervermind.

The week culminated in a party at Ponchartrain Beach on Friday. Starr and Chris Porter have been at odds for weeks now, and the added liquor threw their fight over the edge. Harsh words were exchanged, conciliatory remarks granted to both participants, but to no help. By night's end, I walked the drunken Chris back to the dorm while Chris C. handled Starr. Tensions had run far higher than any could have expected.

And Amber almost hurt herself. Micah was quite kind and protective of her.

And I understand Broderick a bit better now. We're cool.

After all was said and done Starr, Chris C., and I went back out to have a late discussion about what had transpired, about the insanity of interpersonal relationships, about the philosophical implications of human experience and trust. It was the crowning glory of the week and by far the best conversation I've had in a while.

Chris C. and I will start going to the gym together this week. Awesome.

I doubt Starr will be hanging around our group too much more. This saddens me as I really would like to see life through her eyes, her experiences. I believe I've never met anyone so dissimlar to myself. Each of us could learn a great deal.

Saturday night, my brother Paul H. played his first gig at the Grace King Battle of the Bands. Despite some logistical and techniocal problems, they were great. Victim of Silence has quite a bit of Potential once they tweak their sound a bit.

Mitch Hedberg is the best stand-up comedian of whom I am aware. You should all look into him.

That is all.

current mood: In Transition

(5 Canticles | Sing in the Siaynoq)

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005
9:42 pm - Wow.

(2 Canticles | Sing in the Siaynoq)

8:19 pm - The Quality of Mercy
Biology test tomorrow is tomorrow. Not concerned.

Chris Castanza called tonight. He expressed his shock and lament over my deconversion. We talked about it all for a while without resolution. This change has hit many people, for which I am sorry.

But each day I'm becoming more confident in my decision. More issues arise, additional items that I had never been at liberty to consider. I find myself freer intellectually, no longer under compulsion to defend any particular worldview or mentality, simply able to let the facts be. They really do speak for themselves. The mental acrobatics of believing more speculative theories can no longer be required of me. I'm retired.

On the one hand, I'm free from having to hold to untenable assertions, and on the other, I've a new burden of defining my thought and philosophy. This is a privelege more than a responsibility, however. For the first time in years, there is an intellectual void to be filled; this time, it will purely come by rational and logical processes. Nothing more to strain for or against. Now, the evidence does all the hard work for me.

Males are idiots in how they treat women. I include myself in their number.

The library finally got Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Unfortunately, I can't check it out until I pay Lou's late fees...I won't have the necessary cash til the weekend.

And Paul is playing his first gig this weekend in Grace King's Battle of the Bands! Everybody come! 6:30, Saturday night, Grace King High, $5 cover. It'll be great.

I haven't spent a day (24 hours) alone in a long, long time. Methinks sometime soon I should. With all the mayhem of late, some old-fashioned meditation will probably be as useful to me as a delicious bass is to a starving man.


current mood: Mixed

(7 Canticles | Sing in the Siaynoq)

Sunday, February 20th, 2005
4:12 pm - Linguistic Philosophy
What is language?Collapse )

current mood: accomplished

(Sing in the Siaynoq)

3:14 pm - Multiplying Entities
I've created a myspace for those of my friends who have them. Thus, from this point forward I'll be employing both journals with identical material.

Enjoy: http://www.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewProfile&friendID=7979383&Mytoken=20050220131359

Have a Nice Day.

(2 Canticles | Sing in the Siaynoq)

Wednesday, February 16th, 2005
5:38 pm - With Eyes of the Clearest Amber Sunsets are Beautiful
I'm fairly sure I destroyed my Human Origins test today.

Christina needs to forget about Daniel. Seriously. It's unhealthy for her, and I want her to be happy.

I continue to work with my philosophical/theological studies. Greater understanding coms each day.

Here's a way to make money.

1. Buy one (1) balloon filled with Helium.
2. Write out your address on it.
3. Go to the Post Office.
4. Tell them you want to post the balloon.
5. Tie it onto the weighing scale and ask for the postage cost.
6. The floating balloon will pull up on the scale and make it read below zero.
7. The post office would thus pay you money for posting it.

In fact, because you're mailing the balloon to yourself, you'll lose nothing.

Just a thought.

current mood: Humerous

(2 Canticles | Sing in the Siaynoq)

Saturday, February 12th, 2005
8:25 pm - Allahu Ahkbar?
I've completed the Noble Qur'an...a bit less than impressed.

The form is vastly different from the Bible, as the book is broken up into over one hundred "Surrahs," some as long as a biblical book and others as short as five-line poetry. It isn't arranged chronologically, but by the relative length of each Surrah; the longest are at the front (excepting Surrah 1) and grow increasingly short until the end.

Each Surrah is gleaned from a preaching session of Muhammed (pbuh) on different occasions. Contrary to what the author says, the Ayat (proofs, evidences, reasons for belief) amount to trusting the Prophet's (pbuh) words that Allah has revealed.

Historically, Muhammed (pbuh) began his ministry at Mecca, but was rejected early by the mostly pagan populace. Their persecution basically ran him out of town. From their he departed to Medina, a more favorable place, where he gained his first multitude of followers. Building his forces and organizing his religion there, the Prophet (pbuh) then proceeded to conquer Medina after a series of battles. Each victory gave the crusaders greater faith (they were winning, after all) as well as thousands of additional converts.

The Qur'an specifically states that religion should not be by compulsion. Thus, Muslims were/are not supposed to force conversion. Outside of the initial battles which were primarily in self-defense, the expansion of Islam was through political conquest and encouraged conversion. They would capture a territory and provide tax incentives for conversion. This, to Muhammed's successors, did not count as compulsion.

After more research I'll be able to do a comparative study of Islam and Christianity, which I hope will shed light on my present condition.

I believe after this I'll read the Book of Mormon. I'm almost certain that it can serve as an example of pure human ingenuity writing a set of scriptures. We shall see.

current mood: happy

(5 Canticles | Sing in the Siaynoq)

Friday, February 11th, 2005
5:40 pm - Thought and Information
The Mental Process and Information TheoryCollapse )

current mood: weird

(2 Canticles | Sing in the Siaynoq)

12:50 pm - Thankyou. It really was too much...
Someone anonymously bought me a paid account.

I have the greatest friends in the world. I don't know which of you it was...but whoever you are, you are too much for me. I don't deserve you. Thankyou! Gratias tibi! Charitas!

I'm going to make it a point to be a better friend to you all. I intend on treating all of you like you are the one I owe. I think Love is an amazing thing, is it not?

current mood: grateful

(Sing in the Siaynoq)

Wednesday, February 9th, 2005
11:09 pm - Epistemology 101
The Senses and Free WillCollapse )

(Sing in the Siaynoq)

11:07 pm - The Two-Headed Hydra of Postmodernism
Relativism and SubjectivismCollapse )

(Sing in the Siaynoq)

10:55 pm - Theories of Truth, Part I
VeritasCollapse )

(Sing in the Siaynoq)

10:50 pm - The Beginnings of Logic
Let me restate that of which I am already sure. This is post #1 of a long series over the next weeks.

The Inductive Approach: First PrinciplesCollapse )

current mood: thoughtful

(Sing in the Siaynoq)

Tuesday, February 8th, 2005
11:38 pm - The Inception of New Conceptions
I am/was filiolumen.

I've decided to start over with a blank slate upon which to record the new courses my life may take.

I am a seeker; I seek to know the Truth in all its forms and presentations. I seek to learn. Let us speak and reason with each other, that we might grow in knowledge and understanding.

And so it begins.

current mood: determined

(11 Canticles | Sing in the Siaynoq)

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